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By The Staff

Andrew Jackson capped play in the North Central preseason baseball tournament, taking a 12-4 win over the Knights on Wednesday at the NCHS field.

AJ sophomore Dylan McKittrick was the winner, working four innings and fanning five batters. Lance Horton went three innings to notch the save. He struck out three.

Daniel Pardue led the Vols' 10-hit attack with three hits and a walk. Senior catcher Greg Cook rapped two doubles. Justin Hinson added a triple for the winners.

Andrew Jackson opens regular-season play Monday as the Vols venture to North Central for a 6 p.m. clash with the Knights. AJ launches Conference VIII-AA play as they host Cheraw on March 7.

The Vols opened the tournament with a 9-8 comeback win over Central of Pageland.

Pardue paced the Vols' win over the Eagles, posting the win and belting a two-run home run.

Tyler Bradley's two-run double lifted AJ to the comeback victory.

The Vols dropped an 11-4 loss to Ben Lippen of Columbia.

Tyler Vaughn, who worked six innings, took the loss.

"Tyler pitched a solid game for us," AJ coach Andy Morton said. "I look for good things from him this season."

Dylan Hammond aided the AJ cause, scoring a pair of runs.

Buford also participated in the tournament and went 1-2.

The Jackets, who fell to Central and Ben Lippen, capped play with a 15-0 win over Lee Central High School of Bishopville.

The Jackets' Colt Ellis was the winning hurler, going four innings and fanning eight. He allowed two hits and a walk.

Gavin Flynn led the Buford offense with two hits. Joseph Wright, Christian Dickson, Cheyne Horne, Dustin Carnes, Britt Wells and Donald Kirkley each had a hit for the Jackets.

Buford plays in the Devil of a Jam prep baseball jamboree at Great Falls High School on Saturday. Each team is scheduled to play three innings during the jamboree.

Play opens with Great Falls playing Chester at 10:30 a.m. Buford meets South Pointe at noon, with Lewisville facing Nation Ford at 1:30 p.m. Indian Land faces Central of Pageland at 3.

In between each contest will be a home run contest, home-to-home contest, outfield throw contest and an infield quick contest.

The jamboree is sponsored by Gameday Sports and Awards.

Bruins fall

The Lancaster Bruins' baseball team dropped a 9-5 loss to Ridge View in the Lake Murray Classic on Monday night.

Ross Maiden went two-thirds of an inning and allowed four hits, three walks and three earned runs. Jordan Workman hurled three and a third innings and yielded three walks, two earned runs and a pair of hits. Workman whiffed three batters. Will Gaston went two innings and allowed two hits, a walk and a run. He struck out one.

Kendrick Cunningham had a hit and drove in two runs. Jimmie Jordan, Bryan Gainer, Michael Catoe and Josh Warfield each had a hit and one RBI. Andrew Smyre also had a hit for the Bruins.

The Bruins opened play Saturday, battling Class AAA foe Lugoff-Elgin to a 1-1 draw when the game's time limit expired after 10 innings.

LHS senior Nick Ferguson had an opposite field home run.

Lancaster is slated to continue tournament play Saturday.

The Bruins launch regular-season play, hosting Hartsville on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Lancaster opens region play on Tuesday when the Bruins face Northwestern at home in a 6:30 p.m. clash.